LONDON, ENGLAND.-Bonhams will hold The Gentlemans Library Furnishings, Science, Curiosities and Eccentricities on Tuesday 29 January, 2007. A fine selection of bookcases, desks, tables, chairs, stools, library ladders, coat and hat stands, rugs and carpets will be on offer. Also sure to attract interest will be a charming selection of apothecary boxes, globes, maps, telescopes and microscopes, along with the wide range of typical furnishings or accessories for a Gentlemans library or study, such as micromosaic panels and maps, bronzes, busts, lamps and candlesticks, novelty walking canes, painting boxes and writing caskets, humidors, cigar cutters, fine silver inkstands and desk adornments.
Items of particular interest or curiosity include: a Troop Standard of the Horse Grenadiers, £1,000 1,200; a Carrys New and Correct English Atlas, London 1787, £200 300; a Victorian brass skeleton clock, £300 500; a Marconi silver telegraph table lighter, 1912, £400 500; an Andrew Ross compound monocular microscope, c.1870, £250 350; a pair of brown crocodile wastepaper baskets, £150 200; two crocodile covered brass thermos flasks, £150 200; an Aspreys crocodile desk set, £300 500; a 1½ inch refracting telescope on stand, £300 400; a narwhale walking cane, 19th century, £300 400; an apothecarys chest, mid 19th century, £250 350; an interesting collection of approximately 325 microscope specimen slides, late 19th century, £400 600; an Aspreys Le Coultre travelling timepiece and weather station, 1920s, £250 350; a Mr Punch tobacconist cigar lighter, late 19th century, £200 300; a complete iron meteorite, £500 700; a tiger skin with head, £1,000 1,500; an Elephants foot stool; a Coco de Mer nut, 19th century, £100 150; a Victorian scale model of a steam yacht, £2,500 3,000; a 19th century rhino horn and gold mounted horse whip, £200 250; A George III silver eye bath, £500 800; a Victorian silver moustache guard, £150 200; a Damascus rosewood folding games board, c. 1880, £150 250; a Victorian ivory tusk page turner, £80 120; a Moose head, £300 500; an oak table letter box, £4,000 6,000; a pair of 16-inch Gilman Joslin library globes, £25,000 35,000; an important shell cabinet of curiosities, £3,000 5,000; and a pair of monumental and magnificent brass candle standards that were commissioned for Kings College Chapel, Cambridge in 1870, £30,000 40,000.
These items were sourced from Bonhams salerooms and offices throughout the country, and the introduction of this new themed sale into the auction calendar has proved a great success. Robert Bleasdale, UK Group Managing Director for Bonhams, is delighted with the sales progress.
The original idea was to create a sale that would bring together the essential atmosphere in a gentlemans library, he said. These unusual items attract private collectors and individuals who are fascinated by the content of the sale. The huge interest generated by these obscure and curious lots as well as the traditional furniture is reflective of the resurgence of luxury living and the pursuit of pastimes of old. We are confident that the 2007 sale will be hugely successful.